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Storm Debris Temporarily Stored In Quarry

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LAFAYETTE, Tenn. - Six days ago, a trail of tornadoes ripped  through Tennessee.

Since then, people have put in long hours to clean up debris piling up in communities.

In Macon County, thousands of homes were damaged. Just as many trees fell and all of it has to go somewhere.

Deborah Pedigo watched as parts of her home were piled up so that someone could haul it to an old quarry.

The work of homeowners, volunteers and professionals has left huge piles of debris along Lafayette streets. 

Everything from sheet metal, old wood and broken windows are being hauled by crews to the quarry, a temporary staging area. It is not a disposal site.

Trees that stood for decades are go through chippers.

"We probably won't be done ‘til September, October maybe," Bryan Evans said.

Crews from the Tennessee Department of Transportation and the National Guard are going around and picking up piles of debris in Macon County.

The quarry is just a temporary sorting location for the debris. Eventually, everything that has to go to a landfill will be hauled out of there.

In Sumner County, all the debris is being trucked off to a rock quarry. In Castalian Springs, thousands of volunteers spent the weekend cleaning up. Some residents finally got there electricity and telephone service back.

Meanwhile, the Sumner County Emergency Management Agency is gathering data for FEMA to speed up the aid process.

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